PRAGUE, April 11 /CNW/ - Origami for Japan is organising a worldwide
initiative in support of the people of Japan following the recent
devastating earthquake and tsunami. Events are being held around the
world at which well-wishers will fold a thousand origami paper cranes
as a symbol of companionship for those who are suffering.
Origami for Japan strongly believes that through mass participation in
origami folding events, the initiative will serve both as a memorial
for the many who have lost their lives and provide hope and strength to
those who continue to suffer the devastating effects of the disaster.
The ultimate goal of the initiative is to deliver origami chains to
Sendai, Japan, and in doing so provide hope of quick recovery by
highlighting the bond (JP ref. "kizuna") that has been expressed by the
Through a practical demonstration of solidarity and sympathy, Origami
for Japan hopes to ensure that the plight of the people of Japan
remains on the agenda and that the cultural events will bring people
together in united support.
The initiative receives extensive support from AIESEC Alumni Japan
(Japanese alumni organization of former AIESEC members, the world's
largest student-run organisation).
As part of the initiative, a multinational corporation with presence in
more than 220 countries, will be holding Origami for Japan events in
Prague, Kuala Lumpur, Bonn and Tempe (Arizona) offices. Attendees will
learn how to fold origami and explore the rich Japanese culture.
Origami for Japan further supports the numerous other events that are
taking place in various locations and fund raising initiatives
worldwide by promoting them on the Origami for Japan website (http://www.origamiforjapan.org/).
The cultural significance of folding a thousand origami cranes:
Folding one thousand origami cranes is a Japanese symbol of mutual
support, a concept based on ancient legend which promises that on
completion, a wish of recovery will be granted.
Today there stands a monument to Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who,
following the Hiroshima nuclear disaster and while suffering from
leukemia, attempted to fold a thousand paper cranes in the hope of
making a recovery. Sadly she failed to complete the task, but after her
death well wishers folded the remaining cranes in memory of her.
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SOURCE Origami for Japan
For further information:
please contact Jan Gottwald (Initiator of Origami for Japan) / firstname.lastname@example.org +420-734-722-322